U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference
The 18th Annual Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference held at Brucker Hall, Ft. Myer, VA, featured an international bill of guest artists. The conference, which ran from January 24-27, 2001, welcomed Col. Gary F. Lamb, the Army Band’s new leader and commander. Guest soloists were featured with several of the Army Band’s performing groups including the Concert Band, Orchestra, Blues Jazz Ensemble and Brass Dectet.
The Opening Concert Wednesday night, January 24, featured the Brass Quintets from The Army Band and James Madison University, the Show-Me-Four Tuba Quartet, and the Army Brass Dectet with soloists, Neal Corwell, Craig Fuller and Demondrae Thurman conducted by Mike Forbes.
Thursday, January 25, included a euphonium master class by Jukka Myllys of the Olul Symphony in Finland. This was followed by an open tuba-euphonium ensemble reading session conducted by Gail Robertson of the University of Florida. A regular feature of this conference was the recital of military tubists and euphoniumists which featured Sean Chisham, Frank Crawford, Shin-lchi Hojo, Mark Theile, A1 Torres, Jason Morgan, Todd, Nix, Frank Crawford and David Brown. That evening the audience was treated to the artistry of Hungarian tubist, Roland Szentpali and euphoniumist Demondrae Thurman of Alabama State University in recital. Finally, Japanese jazz euphoniumist, Jun Yamaoka, performed with The Army Blues Jazz Ensemble.
Friday saw clinics by Jukka Myllys, Jun Yamaoka and Gail Robertson as well as outstanding performances by the tuba-euphonium ensembles of George Mason University, Western Carolina University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. That evening the Armed Forces Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble under the direction of John Stevens took the stage featuring military tuba and euphonium players from Japan, Germany, Canada and the United States. Jukka Myllys, euphonium and Craig Fuller, tuba, were then featured in solo performances with the Army Orchestra conducted by ETC Tony Cason.
Saturday’s festivities included recital performances by tubists Mark Mordue, Dean Somerville, Don Butterfield, Jay Norris, Kiesetsu Chiba and Kenyon Wilson as well as euphoniumist Ken Kroesche. Pat Sheridan presented a most informative master class and performances by the Shirim Klesmer Orchestra, Roland Szentpali in recital and Winston Morris’ new jazz group, “The MJT Project,” provided those attending the conference with performances that were truly inspirational. John Stevens conducted the traditional Open Reading Session for everyone and the week’s activities ended with the Grand Concert featuring The Army Band with soloists Demondrae Thurman, euphonium; Skip Gray, tuba; Matt Tropman, euphonium; Patrick Sheridan, tuba; and The Army Tuba Quartet conducted by Col. Gary Lamb. Next year’s Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference is set for January 23-26, 2002. All events are free and open to the public. For updates about next year’s conference please visit the Army Band’s web site at www.army.mil/armyband or email Conference Chairman, Sgt. Major Jack Tilbury: Jtubagator@aol.com.